Use of the chaplaincy in the neonatal intensive care unit

South Med J. 1991 Dec;84(12):1482-6. doi: 10.1097/00007611-199112000-00017.


The hospital chaplain is a relatively new member of the health care team, and there is little objective information on the chaplaincy's role in the hospital. To evaluate the chaplain's role, I collected information from the chaplain's daily logs and from a medical staff/parent questionnaire on the use of the chaplaincy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Both the medical/nursing staff and the chaplains viewed the chaplain's role as encompassing both traditional (religious functionary) and nontraditional functions. However, the medical/nursing staff consulted chaplains only for traditional roles. The discrepancy in chaplain use suggests a need for objective study about the chaplain's role. I offer hypotheses for testing the role of the chaplaincy in the NICU.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Chaplaincy Service, Hospital*
  • Family
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas